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Aswan Dam Photographs: Finding Aid
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Description
The Aswan Dam Photographs collection contains more than 1750 black-and-white photographs in 28 albums that documented the construction of the first Aswan Dam (later known as the Aswan Low Dam or the Old Aswan Dam), a masonry buttress dam located on the Nile River in Aswan, Egypt, between 1899 and 1902, as well as the first dam heightening (1907 to 1912), the second heightening from (1930 to 1933), and work on the Asyut and Isna Barrages. Some of the volumes are presentation albums inscribed to civil engineers involved in the project.
Background
The first Aswan Dam (later known as the Aswan Low Dam or the Old Aswan Dam) is a masonry buttress dam located on the Nile River in Aswan, Egypt. Construction on the dam began in 1899 and ended in 1902, and at the time of its completion, it was the world's largest masonry dam. The dam was constructed as part of a British-led effort, tasked largely to William E. Garstin, the British Under-Secretary of State for Public Works in Egypt, to control river levels, reduce flooding, and improve irrigation and agriculture in the Nile River region.
Extent
approximately 1750 photographs in 22 volumes and 7 boxes
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining permission rests with the researcher.
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.